Two men face charges in the death of a motorcyclist who ran into a rope and chain the men had allegedly stretched across a southwestern Colorado highway to retrieve an elk carcass, authorities said Friday.
The Colorado State Patrol says 34-year-old Trever Rawson of Fountain died Oct. 12 when he struck the chest-high line across Colorado 92 in Montrose County.
An indictment was returned April 10. The reason for the delay in bringing charges was not clear, and authorities declined to discuss the case Friday.
The charges allege 47-year-old Mark Valdez of Delta and 43-year-old Kevin Keener of Anton had attached the line to a pickup on one side of the road and to the elk on the other and were dragging the elk toward the road when Rawson was killed.
Valdez didn't immediately respond to a phone message. No number could be found for Keener.
Authorities say the impact threw Rawson from the motorcycle and knocked off his helmet. He died at the scene.
The indictment alleges that neither Valdez nor Keener called 911 but says a motorist who came upon the scene did. The indictment also alleges that Valdez told a teenager who was helping retrieve the elk not to tell anyone what happened.
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